Humphrey Muchuma, WaterStep Kenya and founder of Action Two Africa, is bringing safe water and health education to the Masaai people in Kajiado, Kenya. His passion was kindled when he lived in the Kiambiu slum, begging for food and shelter. It was here that he saw the need for safe water and sharign good hygiene practices. He is determined to never see a child suffer the way he did. Humphrey is a true humanitarian, married to a lovely wife and has 2 beautiful children, one who wants to be a doctor and who wants to be an engineer. In a community where 75-80% of the children who suffered from diarrhea and parasites, safe water and hand washing has greatly reduced waterborne illness.
Andrew Gardour and his team of 11 have jumped many hurdles to get their water project off the ground. Lack of internet (for training purposes and communication with WaterStep headquarters), lack of tanks, lack of money and now lack of rain have stalled this project many times. However, the team keeps overcoming the problems with fierce determination. Their community assessment showed that 70% of children in this community have suffered from Cholera, a waterborne illness that can be deadly to those who are already dehydrated. When you have a lack of water you prioritize your supply and often hand washing falls to the bottom of the list. Washing hands alone can decrease the cases of diarrhea by 45%. Help Bring safe water to Liberia!
Disaster Response: Ecuador & Colombia
A devastating 7.8 earthquake hit the shore line of Ecuador on April 15, 2016. The deaths and injuries totaled over 29,000. WaterStep supplied the product and trained over 35 people to deploy life-saving equipment to refugee settlements. Having lost their homes, people are still displaced and WaterStep continues the work of bringing safe water to those without. On a 2017 follow up trip to Ecuador, WaterStep responded to the devastating landslides in Colombia that killed over 300 people on April 1 with hundreds missing. Help bring safe water to Ecuador & Colombia!
Community Transformation: Kabowa Village, Uganda
WaterStep is currently working on Phase III of their partnership with Kabowa Village. WaterStep is bringing pit latrines to schools.WaterStep is working with the Rural Health Care Foundation (RHCF) to make a difference. We have completed our first well, and will soon be installing household filters, setting up water purifiers, building latrines, and implementing a community health program for students and families. Help bring safe water to Kabowa Village!
Refugee Camps, Nigeria
Families fleeing from Boko Haram insurgents are finding a home at Refugee Camps in Nigeria. Victims of Violence is caring for the displaced in Nigeria and are WaterStep's Nigerian partners. After coming to Louisville seeking help with water issues they face in the camps, they were trained and are now deploying WaterStep equipment and teaching leaders in the camps to be safe water distributors. In addition, WaterStep's new Bleach Maker is very important as it is used for disinfectant in mobile medical clinics and surgical units. We will continue to send equipment and train Nigerians to care for the over 1,000,000 displaced people. Help bring safe water to refugees in Nigeria!
Amazon River Communities, Brazil
Along the Amazon, tucked into areas that are only accessible by boat, are small communities struggling with lack of safe water. WaterStep's partner is Amor Brazil. Together, they are placing safe water equipment and training individuals to care for their own water issues. This is an ongoing project along the great river. Help bring safe water to communities along the Amazon!